President’s Report | Ross Garnett

After a successful hybrid meeting in August, and a recorded meeting in September, the committee has engaged Synergy Video to record the next two meetings and have them loaded onto our website so they can be viewed by anyone at any time.

That means we are looking for at least three people who have an interest in technology to learn from Brett the process of filming, editing and uploading to the website during the next two meetings.Brett assures us that it is not difficult, so if you have just a little interest in technology and are keen to learn a new skill, while making a valuable contribution to the Society, please contact me.

I am sure that many of us will have special memories about McWhirters in Fortitude Valley. As a child growing up in New Farm, I remember the animated Santa Claus playing the organ high up over the main front entrance – as well as the children’s playground on the rooftop followed by lunch at the cafe. Maybe many others of you will have memories about homewares, fashion and hats. We look forward to hearing Melissa Fagan tell the stories and secrets of her family – the McWhirters – at our meeting on Saturday, 24 October.

Before introducing Melissa, we will devote a short time to our AGM which will involve several brief reports.

It will be a chance to list the meetings we conducted in the last 12 months, apart from those from March to July which had to be cancelled. It’s good to report that our newsletter mailing list has over 1,100 recipients, and that our membership stands at 188. Look for another email in coming days with more information about the AGM. It will include a link to the annual reports which will be on the website.I encourage those who have not yet paid their subscription of $10 for this current financial year to submit it as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, please tell interested friends that the talks about the Japanese House in New Farm and the History of Lollies, are both easily accessed on the Society’s website.